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Caring for Your DIY Nylon Hammock

Posted by Ellie B. on 10/30/2020
Caring for Your DIY Nylon Hammock

The great outdoors has been calling to many this year, and lying in a hammock is the best way to enjoy beautiful weather and lazy days outside. Hammock camping has become a popular pastime, and many have even experimented with making DIY hammocks out of high-quality nylon fabric. But, trekking through the outdoors also adds well-earned dirt and moisture to your hammock that does have the potential to mold. 

 

Having a care plan for your precious piece of cloth is highly recommended, and proper care practices will increase your hammocks life span. Although nylon hammocks are waterproof, reckless care can weaken their fabric, causing the material to lose its tenacity that supports your weight. 

Cleaning Tips For Nylon Hammocks

 

Treating your hammock with care is essential because nylon hammocks are thin and can be damaged by harsh cleaners. Make sure to remove any attached ropes or carabiners before washing and hand wash both items separately. 

 

  • You can put your nylon hammock in the washing machine, but be sure to utilize a mild detergent and wash your hammock by itself. Remember to use a delicate cycle, cold water, and skip the fabric softener. 

 

  • You can also hand wash your hammock by soaking it in cold water with a small amount of mild detergent. Avoid scrubbing it with a brush or anything harsh, as it can compromise the nylon. If you come across any stubborn dirt or stains, gently agitate the water and hammock with your hands. 

 

  • Never put a nylon hammock in the dryer. The thin material dries quickly, so hanging it outside or even air drying it inside is sufficient, and your hammock should dry in about thirty minutes. 

 

  • Once your hammock is thoroughly dry, make sure to store it in a breathable bag in a cool, dry place. This will prevent mold from building up, and cleaning your hammock after each use is also recommended. 

The Wonderful World of Hammock Camping  

 

If you enjoy spending your day outside lying snugly in a hammock, think about ditching your regular tent for a hammock tent. This lightweight alternative to setting up a tent is a pleasant way to spend overnights outdoors, and with a few additions, you can sleep insulated and protected from bugs and the elements.

 

In order to hammock camp, you'll need a hammock suspension system with wide straps, something to insulate your hammock with, a rain tarp or rainfly, and a mosquito net in addition to your hammock.  

 

When setting up your hammock tent, it's important to remember a few guidelines that will keep you comfortable and safe. 

 

  1. A suspension system is very different than just a regular rope. Make sure to invest in a system that has thick ropes and protective sleeves that won't damage tree bark. Choosing trees that can easily support your weight will keep both you and the trees safe. Also, remember to check for nests and wildlife that may disturb your sleeping area.  

  2. Insulating your hammock is one of the most essential parts of creating an enjoyable camping experience. If you’re crafting your own hammock, using insulated fabrics (like 3M Thinsulate) can go a long way. 

  3. A rainfly or tarp is needed to keep you dry. It may take a little more effort to fasten a tarp securely, so you may want to invest in a rain covering that's made especially for hammocks. 

  4. A mosquito or bug net is necessary. If you choose to buy one specially fitted to your hammock, then the net will cover the bottom of your hammock as well. Bugs can bite through the nylon, so treating the bottom of your hammock or making sure to get a net that covers the bottom of your hammock is vital. 

 

Hammocks often make us feel lighter than air and can carry us away to another place. When you take care of your hammock, it will take care of you and be your companion for lazy days outdoors or camping excursions in wide-open spaces. 


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